On August 23, 2022, the Primary Election was held in Florida. Gunster’s Government Affairs team has compiled some notables on the Cabinet, Congressional, and State House and Senate Races for your review. The winners and losers of last night’s election can also be seen here.

Cabinet Races

  • Crist v. Desantis matchup in the General Election in the Governor race
  • Senate President Simpson defeated James Shaw in the primary and now will be the Republican nomination for Agriculture Commissioner going against Democrat Nominee Naomi Blemur
  • Republican Jimmy Patronis will be up against Democrat Adam Hattersley in the race for Chief Financial Officer
  • Aramis Ayala will face Republican incumbent Ashley Moody in fight for Attorney General

Congressional Race Notables

  • Laurel Lee, DeSantis’ former Secretary of State beats Kelli Stargel to become the 1st Republican nominee for Florida’s new CD 15
  • State Sen. Taddeo won the Democratic Primary and will challenge incumbent Republican Salazar

State House and Senate Race Notables

  • Lauren Book wins Senate re-election defeating Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief
  • A late endorsement from the Governor for Kiyan Michael in the newly created HD 16 changed the game in that district. It is noted, that the Governor’s endorsement stamped the win for Kiyan Michael
  • Heading for a recount – Webster Barnaby holds tiny lead over Elizabeth Fetterhoff in HD 29
  • Former Representative vs Representative – Former house member Bruce Antone battled the current Representative Travaris McCurdy for HD 41 and came out on top with more than 1% of votes
  • Former Representative Kim Berfield won the GOP nomination in the HD 58 competitive race against Republican Jason Holloway and will face Democratic nominee in the November General Election
  • Tiffany Esposito wins GOP Primary in HD 77 and will go up against Democrat Eric Engelhart in the General Election
  • State Representative Daryl Campbell defeated Elijah Manley again in a rematch of their three-way Special Democratic Primary contest earlier this year to determine who will represent Broward County’s House District 99

Congratulations to the following members who defeated their opponents in the primary election last night and are unopposed in the general election:

Congress, District 5 – REP – John H. Rutherford (Incumbent)
Senate, District 15 – DEM – Geraldine F. Thompson
Senate, District 20 – REP – Jim Boyd (Incumbent)
Senate, District 22 – REP – Joe Gruters (Incumbent)
Senate, District 34 – DEM – Shevrin “Shev” Jones (Incumbent)
Senate, District 35 – DEM – Lauren Book (Incumbent)
House, District 5 – REP – Shane Abbott
House, District 6 – REP – Griff Griffitts
House, District 20 – REP – Bobby Payne (Incumbent)
House, District 23 – REP – Ralph E. Massullo Jr (Incumbent)
House, District 44 – DEM – Jennifer “Rita” Harris
House, District 50 – REP – Jennifer Canady
House, District 51 – REP – Josie Tomkow (Incumbent)
House, District 56 – REP – Brad Yeager
House, District 97 – DEM – Lisa Dunkley
House, District 98 – DEM – Patricia Hawkins-Williams (Incumbent)
House, District 99 – DEM – Daryl Campbell (Incumbent)
House, District 108 – DEM – Dotie Joseph (Incumbent)
House, District 109 – DEM – Ashley V. Gantt


This publication is for general information only. It is not legal advice, and legal counsel should be contacted before any action is taken that might be influenced by this publication.

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